Poetry as Performance
Homer and Beyond
By (author) Gregory Nagy
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Poetry as Performance by Gregory Nagy
Book DescriptionTo understand the emergence of Homeric poetry as an actual written text, it is essential to trace the history of Homeric performance, from the very beginnings of literacy to the critical era of textual canonisations in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Professor Nagy applies the comparative evidence of oral poetic traditions, including those that survived in literate societies, such as the Provencal troubadour tradition. It appears that a song cannot be fixed as a final written text so long as the oral poetic tradition in which it was created stays alive. So also with Homeric poetry, it is argued that no single definitive text could evolve until the oral traditions in which the epic was grounded became obsolete. In the time of Aristarchus, the gradual movement from relatively fluid to more rigid stages of Homeric transmission reached a near-final point of textualisation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521558488
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Masterpieces of Metonymy, Paperback (January 2016)
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Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, Hardback (July 2013)
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Homer the Classic, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Gregory Nagy
Deals with the reception of Homeric poetry from the fifth through the first century BCE. This book, which centers on ancient concepts of Homer as the author of a body of poetry, is not to reassess the oral poetic heritage of Homeric poetry but to show how it became a classic in the days of the Athenian empire and later.
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